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CSCSW Salon Series: "Discernment Counseling: Working with Couples on the Brink"

  • February 19, 2020
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


CSCSW Salon Series

"Discernment Counseling: Working with Couples on the Brink"

with Denise Breinig-Glunz, LCSW

February 19, 2020, 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM


An estimated 30 percent of couples coming to therapy are mixed-agenda couples where one is leaning out of the relationship and is reluctant to work on it, and the other is leaning in and wants to save the relationship. Research has also shown that at the time of divorce filing most couples are split on whether they want a divorce or not. Discernment Counseling is a structured therapeutic process developed by Willam Doherty, PhD to help these mixed-agenda couples on the brink of divorce. This presentation will present an overview of Dr. Doherty’s model illustrated with case examples and vignettes.


1. Learn the three common mistakes couples therapists make when working with mixed-agenda couples

2. Be able to understand the basic components of Discernment Counseling

3. Identify ways to work with ambivalence with couples

About the Presenter:

Denise Breinig-Glunz is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Field Faculty at the University of Denver, Graduate School for Social Work. She maintains a part-time private practice in Centennial, Colorado, with an emphasis on children and families. Denise was the clinical director at the Center for Out-Of-Court Divorce (COCD). Previously, she was the social work supervisor at the Resource Center for Separating and Divorcing Families at the University of Denver. As part of an interdisciplinary team, she led the development, implementation and evaluation of the innovative program model that was used at COCD. Denise’s areas of clinical expertise include divorce, crisis intervention, conflict management, adult and childhood anxiety and parenting. She has advanced training and experience as a mediator within an interdisciplinary team. She earned her MSW from Smith College and her bachelor of psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Attendees will receive 1.5 CEUs

See CSCSW website for more information or to register: https://www.coclinicalsocialwork.org/content.aspx?page_id=4002&club_id=25243&item_id=1045581


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